Blythswood Press is the newly minted personal publishing house of New Zealand historian Tony Simpson, author of some 17 published works (including the award-winning Sugarbag Years in 1974).
So far two books have been successfully published entirely under its auspices and imprint, and another under the imprint of Silver Owl (the imprint used by Tony’s friend and fellow writer David McGill).
“Since print on demand has become readily available,” Tony says, “I can now publish my own books, using local printers, designers and editors.”
Tony Simpson is currently working on a further title for publication by Blythswood Press.
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Along for the Ride: A New Book from Tony Simpson
“At the age of five I went along to school fully prepared to cooperate with the authorities; at three o’clock I came home with a lifelong hatred of oppressive government.” So begins Tony Simpson’s political memoir; that day also marked the beginning of a nearly seventy year battle with the authorities and their biblical precept: thou shalt not!
In the course of this warfare he was expelled from one school, initially denied access to university, and told he had no future as an historian. Along the way he had several confrontations with Muldoon, observed at close hand the rise of Margaret Thatcher, survived the 1981 Springbok Tour, and was outraged by the disaster of the Lange government. Despite this, after further twists and turns he ended up as a senior advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton. Somehow he retained his wry sense of humour which shines through this book and throws light on some very murky goings on.
Before Hobson (2015) (Blythswood Press)
Over the last three decades the Treaty of Waitangi has become a crucial point of reference for understanding the historical and contemporary relationship between Maori and pakeha in New Zealand. It is rarely seen, however, in its broader context as an event in the history of New South Wales, the economy of the South Pacific, and political events in Britain during the four decades leading to its signature in February 1840 and after. The book explores the context within which this happened and arrives at some surprising conclusions regarding the establishment of British sovereignty over this country.
Ambiguity & Innocence (2013) (Silver Owl)
This book is an account of the context within which the New Zealand Division (2NZEF) occupied the Adriatic city of Trieste in May and June 1945 in the face of opposition from the Yugoslav partisan army of Marshall Josip Tito. The resulting standoff almost led to further fighting between these erstwhile allies, although the Yugoslavs ultimately realised they could not have sustained this and withdrew. It was the last episode of the Second World War in Europe and simultaneously the first episode of what has become known as the Cold War. Although it focusses initially on the two months of confrontation and draws on the experience of the New Zealand soldiers, the civilians in the city at the time, and some of the partisans who took part, it then draws back and explains the chequered history of the region and the curiously ambiguous character of the city itself, and of the Italians, Germans and Serbo/Croats who laid claim to it.
The Scone in New Zealand Literature and other Essays
Over the years Tony has written and presented many essays and talks on a wide range of topics, mostly as intellectual knockabout of one sort or another, and sometimes designed to puncture the pretentions of the academic, pompous and solemn. This collection will bring them together in one volume.